Craner, Robert Roger, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1973, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1953 - 1980
Foreign Language(s)
Russian
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1933
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Cohoes, New York
Last Address
Universal City, Texas

Date of Passing
Oct 03, 1980
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 8 Site 8719

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Crew Air Force Retired Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSIn the Line of Duty
  1973, Nam-POWS
  2014, In the Line of Duty


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was an F-100 Misty Fast FAC based at Phu Cat AB, RVN until he was forced to eject over North VietNam Dec 12, 1967, was captured, and spent 1,920 days as a POW. He was awarded 3 Silver Stars for his service in Vietnam. Later he served as Air Attache to Bulgaria and Hungary; and was training to be Air Attache in Honduras when he died of a heart attack while on active duty.

His Silver Star (1st of 3) citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Robert Roger Craner (AFSN: FV-3034131/11261367), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam, as a member of a two-man Forward Air Control team operating over North Vietnam, on 24 August 1967. On that date, Major Craner directed four flights of strike fighters against two active hostile anti-aircraft artillery sites which were preventing successful interdiction operations along a heavily traveled supply route. In order to positively identify the targets to each succeeding strike flight, he had to repeatedly dive through extremely intense barrage fire from the two coordinated anti-aircraft artillery sites. Despite the extreme personal danger, Major Craner and his fellow crew member delivered their ordnance precisely on target and enabled the strike fighters to identify and neutralize the threat to subsequent flights in the area. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Craner has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 24-Aug-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Division: Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam

His Silver Star (2nd of 3) citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Major Robert Roger Craner (AFSN: FV-3034131/11261367), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as an F-100F Forward Air Controller of the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam, while directing fighter aircraft in North Vietnam, on 9 November 1967. On that date, Major Craner repeatedly dove his aircraft through extremely intense hostile anti-aircraft artillery fire in the process of directing fighter operations against lucrative targets and defending gun positions in several different areas. His aggressiveness and courage in the face of withering fire and his complete disregard for his own personal safety were instrumental in the destruction of many of the hostile guns, thereby reducing the threat to friendly aircraft operating in those areas. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Craner has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 9-Nov-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Division: Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam

His Silver Star (3rd of 3) citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Roger Craner (AFSN: FV-3034131/11261367), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the period 28 to 31 December 1967, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. Lieutenant Colonel Craner resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: December 28 - 31, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

 

 

   
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